The Festival of Speed – an impossibly heady mix of cars, stars and motor sport royalty who come together over four superb days, starts Thursday 23rd June – have you bought your tickets yet!!?
As always, the National Motorcycle Museum will be in attendance, and this year we will be sharing a stand with our tool partner Sealey, so will be showcasing some of the products from the Museum shop, our Summer raffle bike plus a huge range of Sealey tools.
The NMM is also bringing 4 iconic machines from the Museum collection for the classic ‘hill-climb’….and here’s some info on just one of the bikes that the NMM are proud to highlight at the festival:
1989 – 1991 NORTON RCW588
THE JPS GLORY YEARS. Following on from the promising start made by the air cooled RC588 in 1987, riders Simon Buckmaster & Trevor Nation were signed to ride in a scaled up 1988 programme.
Despite contention over rating the Rotary’s cubic capacity, Norton was admitted to the British Formula One Championship and soon the shrieking rotaries were the sensation of the televised series. The spectacle of British machines winning excited UK fans and boosted circuit attendances.
John Player sponsorship for 1989 evoked the John Player Norton days of the seventies and saw the new liquid cooled RCW588 in black, grey and gold livery.
Steve Spray, a winner on his Norton debut in 1988, scooped the 1989 F1 Championship.
In 1990Robert Dunlop notched a Norton double in Ireland’s North West 200, whilst TT success, which had so far eluded the Rotary, came closer with Dunlop third in the F1 event and Nation placing second in the Senior.
In three seasons, Norton had returned from nearly two decades in the wilderness to be a top flight racing marque once again.
The 4 NMM bikes will be ridden at the festival by the following ‘NMM Team’ riders:
James Hewing (NMM Museum Director)
Wesley Wall (NMM Restoration Team)
Henry Cole (Filming for an episode of The Motorbike Show)
Allen Millyard (Filming for an episode of The Motorbike Show)
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